Converting a solid stone disused chapel into a warm and comfortable family home needed some heavy duty insulation – fortunately WALLTITE® was able to cope with all the idiosyncrasies of the project, which is soon to be featured in Channel 4’s Restoration Man.
Owner Colin Clewes embarked on this ambitious conversion in order to create a dream home for his family. Taking a disused, unheated shell of building as a starting point, Colin, doing much of the work himself, is firmly in charge of the building process and insisted on the use of WALLTITE® spray foam insulation.
WALLTITE® is applied as a liquid that expands on contact to form a highly insulating rigid foam. This method of application means that it can cope with any substrate – no matter how uneven – and can easily be applied in restricted and difficult spaces.
In the case of the chapel conversion project, WALLTITE® was applied, by specialist Foam Master contractor R&S Insulation, to the interior of the solid brick walls, to the underside of the floorboards and to the ceilings of each room in order to create cosy draught-free living spaces.
The external walls posed a particular challenge. A Yorkshire stone façade is lined with brick and lime mortar – an inherently porous structure. WALLTITE® is resistant to moisture but the project architect, wanting complete assurance of water resistance, asked for a drainage mat to be fixed to the wall prior to the application of the WALLTITE®. Plasterboard was then used as an internal finish and base for the interior decoration.
The application of WALLTITE® was one of the first stages of the restoration project which includes a radical redesign of the interior space. A mezzanine floor built into the centre of the main space creates the master bedroom, while a modern family kitchen and open plan living area breathe vibrant new life into the building.
WALLTITE® is available in the UK and Ireland only through accredited application companies and a list of contractors is available from www.walltite.basf.co.uk.